Australian construction at sunset © 123RF
Australian construction at sunset © 123RF

Construction sector must understand supply chain better

Adam Leach is a freelance business journalist
22 March 2016

Australian construction firms need to gain a deeper understanding of the make-up and operation of their supply chains if they are to take advantage of the opportunities afforded by increasing sustainability.

Speaking on his appointment as CEO of Australia's Supply Chain Sustainability School, Robin Mellon also called for closer collaboration within the sector to tackle the major issues and challenges.

Mellon, who was previously COO of the Green Building Council of Australia will be charged with increasing supplier engagement with sustainability, across property, construction and infrastructure in Australia.

“Sustainability offers great opportunities for us all – but we need to understand our supply chains better and realise we can’t address these issues alone,” said Mellon.

“Bringing the best resources and tools together in one place to build everyone’s skills and knowledge from the fundamentals upwards is the fastest way for us to create the buildings, communities and infrastructure we need for a sustainable Australia.”

Rod Petre, procurement manager at Mirvac and co-founder of the school, highlighted the importance of engaging smaller suppliers on sustainability in order to make major progress.

“Working with someone of Robin’s calibre will help us deepen the understanding of sustainability and create a ‘multiplier effect’. As smaller companies increase their understanding of sustainability, project teams will benefit and be able to deliver better outcomes.”

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